New project… converted my LES to SS. Picked up some of the SS swingers. Going 32×20 I was able to get decent chain tension with the dropouts slammed forward, so nice and short. The Fox doesn’t squish like my Pike though… need to mess with it.


Salsa Cowbell bar

Commuted to work on the Crosscheck, switched up the bars again, 46cm Salsa Cowbells:

I’m picky about socks, underwear, packs, and handlebars, roughly in that order.

I like the Cowbell bars for their short reach and especially the bit of flare in the drops.  Other bars that I have on bikes that are similar are the FSA ProWings and 3T Ergonova.  In retrospect though, I think I should have gotten the 44cm, as these bars are W-I-D-E, as in almost 48cm in the drops.  Even at the hoods, it’s a generous 46cm.  I’m also missing the flat shape of my FSA ProWings on my road bike but I’ve been riding that bike a lot lately. Also, the bend forward also seems to be more immediate on the FSA’s which seems to fit into my palms more comfortably.  Like I said, I’m picky.  But all in all, these are great so far, going to ride them for a while.